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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Call for Papers: Reframing Urban Resilience Implementation

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We are proud to announce the participation of our leadership in the 11th edition of the annual conference of the International Forum of Urbanism (IfoU), which will focus on sharing research…


Students Continue Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Efforts in Ecuador

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This past February, students embarked on our annual field trip to continue the reconstruction work that our previous student group began last year in the coastal town of San José…


Participatory Planning Workshop With Public Works

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Last week we had the pleasure of having Torange Khonsari of the London-based critical design studio Public Works, as guest professor of a workshop on Participatory Planning and Design, adding…

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3 Essential Reads on Low Tech Architecture in Development

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Next week our codirector Sandra Bestraten and in-house professor Emilio Hormias are leading the last workshop of the course, which focuses on low-tech architecture in development. In the spirit of…

"This master was the best combination of practical training and theoretical teaching to help me take the leap from traditional architectural practice into the field of socially responsible design. "

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"The master has improved consistently in recent years and recruits students that are committed and highly capable. A top program."

− Sergio Palleroni, Professor, Portland State University

"This master's program is a shift of life. It's definitely one of the greatest in the world."

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"An exceptional and unique exemplar of good teaching, organization and content."

− Nabeel Hamdi, Professor, Oxford Brookes University